A translation by Rorate contributor Francesca Romana of the entire section on Islam from “IL CATTOLICO, ISTRUITO NELLA SUA RELIGIONE, TRATTENIMENTI di un Padre di Famiglia co’ suoi Figliuoli, secondo I bisogni del tempo”. Epilogati dal Sac. Bosco Giovanni( Torino 1853). [The Catholic educated in his religion. Conversations with the Father of a Family and his beloved sons, in relation to the needs of the present day. Summarized by Giovanni Bosco, priest. (Turin, 1853)].
Conversation XIII [Pages 50 to 56]
Father: Before talking to you about the religions separated at a certain point from the Roman Catholic Church, I want to draw your attention to the religions that do not have the characteristics of the divinity in them and which we call false religions. They range from Judaism to Idolatry, to Mohammedanism to the Christian sects professed by the Schismatic Greeks, Valdese, Anglicans and Protestants.
Regarding Idolatry, I think there is no need to discuss this with you, since nowadays it does not exist, with the exception of very few countries where the light of the Gospel has still not penetrated.
Regarding Judaism, I think I have already spoken sufficiently in the first part of these conversations.
If you like, I’ll now tell you about the others, starting with Mohammedanism.
Son: Yes, yes, first of all, tell us what Mohammedanism means?
F. Mohammedanism is a collection of maxims extracted from various religions, which, if practiced, bring about the destruction of every moral principle.